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The Caracol Archaeological Project (ongoing every year since 1985) is directed by Drs.
Arlen and Diane Chase of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), United States.
These findings raised issues of ritual variability throughout the center and immediately adjacent residential groups.
Investigated structures included Structures A16, B7, D2, and I2-I8.
Caana ("sky-palace") is the largest building at Caracol. Structure A6 excavated; found stone box cache with jade mask and mercury.
It remains one of the largest man-made structures in Belize. Intact stucco frieze found on earlier construction of Caana.
The use of Li DAR was introduced to the site and the mapping of 200 square kilometers revealed the presence of eleven new causeways, five new termini, and thousands of residential groups and agricultural terraces.
In the early 1980s, Paul Healy of Trent University investigated Caracol’s core area, recording several architectural groups, and noting the extensive terrace systems and high population density for the surrounding area.It rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains.Local tour guides say that the nickname "Caracol" originates from the large population of snails present on the site.This place name may also reference the Three Stone Place of creation.The site was first reported by a native logger named Rosa Mai, who came across its remains in 1937 while searching for mahogany hardwood trees to exploit. Anderson visited the site for two weeks along with a colleague H. Jex [Hugh Blockley Jex - who later became Inspector of Crown Licence]. They conducted preliminary surveys, noted 9 carved monuments, took notes on the structures of the A Group Plaza, and undertook limited excavations in two locations. More extensive explorations and documentation of the site was undertaken by Linton Satterthwaite of the University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania from 1950 to 1953.
Investigations focused on ground-checking the remote sensing data gained from Li DAR in 2009, especially on the location of caves.